Sheila Dikshit

Policy alone will not fight pollution, says Sheila Dikshit

Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said recently that policy alone cannot counter the pollution crisis in the city and a coordination of efforts among all agencies is needed to implement the decisions of the government. Pointing out that implementation was just as important as the policies themselves Dikshit said, “Unfortunately Kejriwal does not get along with either the police or the Lieutenant Governor and that is where implementation is

Court grants exemption to Arvind Kejriwal in protest case

A court here on Saturday granted exemption to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal from personal appearance in a case related to protest outside former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s residence in December 2012. Besides Kejriwal, other Aam Aadmi Paty (AAP) leaders have also been granted exemption from personal appearance. Metropolitan Magistrate Dheeraj Mittal allowed Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, noted advocate Prashant Bhushan and other AAP leaders’ plea seeking

Sonia Gandhi needed at helm in Congress more than ever: Sandeep Dikshit

Congress spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit on Sunday said party president Sonia Gandhi is the leader for 99 per cent of party men and she is needed at the helm at this time more than ever in the past. “For 97 to 99 per cent of Congressmen, their leader is Sonia Gandhi and there is no doubt about this fact,” he said in an interview. Making it clear that he was speaking

Rahul Gandhi era preparations: Reshuffle of general secretaries, agitation against land bill

Expecting Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi ’s return to Delhi this week, an influential section of party leaders have started pushing for two crucial agenda. First, reshuffle of the AICC secretariat by party president Sonia Gandhi ahead of the April AICC session, when her son would be elevated as party boss, and second, a national mass contact programme by Rahul to spearhead agitation against the NDA government‘s land bill, which the party

Delhi polls: Cong to field Kiran Walia against Arvind Kejriwal

Congress has decided to field former Delhi Minister Kiran Walia against Arvind Kejriwal in the prestigious New Delhi constituency where the AAP leader had handed a crushing defeat to Sheila Dikshit in the Assembly polls in 2013. Sources said Walia was initially reluctant to contest from New Delhi but agreed later following the party’s direction. Kejriwal had defeated Dikshit by a huge margin of over 25,000 votes in the New

Congress adopting new strategy for Delhi polls?

With its back to the wall, Congress has decided to declare names of candidates for all 70 assembly seats in Delhi even before the election dates are announced to give them more time to prepare for the elections which are likely to be held in February. After releasing its first list of candidates for 24 assembly seats of the 70-member Assembly today, the party will begin marathon meetings of its screening

AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to contest from New Delhi seat

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will contest the upcoming assembly elections from his New Delhi constituency, the party declared on Wednesday. The AAP chief defeated three-time chief minister Sheila Dikshit in 2013 in the constituency by over 26,000 votes. He then headed a minority government for 49 days. Kejriwal’s name figured in the fifth list of eight candidates announced by the Aam Aadmi Party.

Rahul Gandhi: Clean India photo op while communal poison is being spread

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of holding photo opportunities with its Clean India campaign while ignoring the communal hatred being propagated by groups affiliated to the BJP. “Photo ops being organised with brooms in hand and walls being whitewashed while the poison of communalism is being spread,” Gandhi said in his address to Congress workers at New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium, where the Delhi unit of the

Dr Harsh Vardhan to be Delhi BJP's face again?

Ahead of crucial Delhi Assembly Elections, Dr Harsh Vardhan is likely to be Bhrataiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate once again. One of the biggest surprises of the Cabinet expansion and reshuffle was the replacement of Dr Harsh Vardhan by Jagat Prakash Nadda at the Health Ministry. But reports suggest that the BJP is planning to send the current Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences back to state politics in the

AAP to release 1st list of candidates this week

Aiming to recapture power, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has finalised a list of 30 candidates, which includes former ministers as well as party Chief Arvind Kejriwal, for Delhi assembly polls and it will be released this week. Sources said party has decided not to give tickets to six former legislators including former Speaker of the Assembly Maninder Singh Dhir, Raju Dhingan, Dharmendra Singh Kohli, Harish Khanna and Rajesh Garg.

I will not contest assembly elections, says Sheila Dikshit

Former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit today confirmed that she would not be contesting upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi as people didn’t want her back. Speaking to a news channel, Dikshit said, “I have made it clear that I will not be contesting elections. I got response from the people of Delhi before. They said, you have changed the face of Delhi but now its time for

It’s a direct contest between BJP and Congress, says Sheila Dikshit

If former chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is to be believed then the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is nowhere in contest in the upcoming Delhi elections. In an exclusive interview, the veteran Congress leader said that upcoming assembly elections will see a direct contest between BJP and Congress as the AAP has spoilt its own image. “It’s going to be a direct fight between BJP and Congress. AAP is nowhere in